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Prevention science is a framework for research focused on preventing and/or mitigating behavioral and health challenges and increasing resiliency. The prevention science work at FPG draws from a diverse range of disciplines—including the behavioral, social, psychological, and neuro sciences—to understand the origins of social problems at the individual, community, and societal levels. Prevention strategies focus on ways to intervene before a problem emerges or worsens, avoiding adverse outcomes and their costs, and enhancing conditions conducive to healthy child and adolescent development, good mental and physical health, and strong families and communities.

Featured Project

The Second Chance Act Ensuring Public Safety and Improving Outcomes for Youth in Confinement and While Under Community Supervision is designed to improve outcomes of juvenile justice youth who have been incarcerated or under community supervision. The Impact Center at FPG provides implementation and technical assistance support. Robert (Robin) H. Jenkins, PhD is the principal investigator on this project.

Featured Publication

In “The Pivotal Role of Prevention Science in This Syndemic,” FPG’s Director of Translational Neuro-Prevention Research and Senior Research Scientist Diana Fishbein addresses the role that prevention science can play in crafting policies and practices for dealing with a pandemic while acknowledging and addressing how inequities faced by under-served groups can compound the effects of the pandemic.

Featured Project

The Implementation Capacity for Triple P (ICTP) Projects in North Carolina and South Carolina seek to provide implementation support and expand the implementation of the Positive Parenting Program—an evidence-based program designed to provide parents with practical strategies for managing their children’s behavior and fostering healthy relationships. The ICTP project is part of the Impact Center at FPG.

Current Projects

The NCIC-TP project is a collaborative effort to help counties in NC successfully and sustainably implement the Triple P system of interventions. The project began in 2014 with a two year implementation evaluation of Triple P. Data from that evaluation, along with emerging evidence from implementation science and best practice, is the foundation of the information, learning, and implementation support resources offered by NCIC-TP to NC counties interested in or currently scaling-up Triple P.
The current project is designed to improve outcomes of juvenile justice youth who have been incarcerated or under community supervision. The Impact Center at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute will provide implementation science and active implementation support training and technical assistance for local juvenile justice jurisdictions to improve their outcomes for youth in confinement and under community supervision.
The Impact Center at FPG's Implementation Capacity for Triple P (ICTP) projects are currently supporting the scale-up and expansion of Triple P System of Interventions in North and South Carolina.